cashmere and tweed


Ralph Lauren Purple Label AW17

It’s easy to understand why Ralph Lauren is still considered to this day as one of the most successful brands of all time, not only by those inserted in its aesthetic sphere, but by every reputed personality in menswear, regardless of personal style and taste. In my opinion, Ralph Lauren owes its success to brilliant storytelling and the early adoption of the “lifestyle concept”, the introduction of narrative and context to fashion. 

This concept has been so exquisitely explored throughout its life cycle that the Ralph Lauren aesthetic is an immediately recognisable trademark. Even if the quality of the lower tier lines isn’t what it used to be, they still provide timeless garments that don’t compromise the integrity of the brand as a whole. Another superb aspect of Ralph Lauren is the ability to adapt and expand to new markets without ever losing its DNA - be it on RRL, RLX or Home, lines who seek to attract distinct consumer profiles, traces of the brand’s universe remain.

A perfect example is its AW17 collection from the luxurious Purple Label line. If you haven’t seen it in person I recommend doing so the next time you visit one of their flagship stores, trust me it’s worth it. This top tier line delivers some of the most high-end garments around, made from luxurious fabrics and portraying an uncanny attention to detail in both design an construction. Usually associated with a more formal style due to the outstanding suiting offerings, usually accompanied by the expertise of their in-house tailors, Purple Label has been evolving, currently offering a wide range of styles as seen above. From 3-piece suits, to tuxedos, playful ikat patterns and sweatpants, the collection sees the Ralph Lauren man as a whole, providing spot-on options for different occasions - what’s not to love?


Inverting Layers

For me, one of the most interesting aspects of colder days is the variety of outfit combinations they allow. Layering is not only a necessary technique to fend off cold, but also one of the most creative ways to explore your wardrobe and come up with unique styles. Although there are some rules to be kept in mind, both for aesthetic and functional purposes, I find myself constantly trying to bend them and invert traditional layering elements.

In this particular case, which of course is not suitable for harsh climate, I aimed to explore different uses for essential garments such as the v-neck cashmere sweater, popover shirt and tweed vest, all while maintaining a mix of casual and polished elements. More often than not, the v-neck would find its place as an outer layer with the tweed vest being worn under a blazer or topcoat; here I went for a different approach wearing the sweater over a tee, the popover shirt as an outer layer and the vest as outerwear. The polished nature of the vest, sweater and wool slacks are broken down by the chambray shirt and camo sneakers. Accessories such as the pocket square and paisley scarf complete the look.

Details: cotton tee by Levi’s, v-neck cashmere/silk sweater by Massimo Dutti, chambray popover shirt by Zara, houndstooth vest by Purificacion Garcia, tailored wool slacks by Gentleman, camo sneakers by Asos, paisley scarf by Zara and pocket square by The Tie Rack. 

Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira

Are you ready to be a NARSissist?

This may seem like a weird question, but not for those who have heard of the famous Nars Instagram account under the witty handle, Narsissist. This is the official account for the make-up brand and let me tell you, it does an amazing job of portraying the luxurious and high class nature of the brand. All make-up lovers beware…you will become addicted to this account.

It’s hard for me to pick just one thing that I love about this particular Instagram account so I’ll pick three! 

1) You get a behind the scenes look into the world of Nars make-up. 

2) You can see how colors will look on you

3) They have fun with it!

So come on! Become a Narsissist already!

Written By: Cheyenne Adler

With an increase in the popularity of dystopian YA novel to film adaptations, it was only a matter of time until we returned to the original dystopian society in The Giver. I read this groundbreaking novel by Lois Lowry in the sixth grade and I was awed by it’s power. I didn’t know books like this could exist and it very much changed how I looked at reading. It was suddenly fun and exciting; an escape. No wonder it is one of the most challenged books in the literary world. It questions the very root of our existence.

When I heard one of my favorite books was being adapted, I had the same reaction any fan would: at first excited and then outraged. They wouldn’t do it “right”. Readers, especially young readers, are very protective and possessive of their favorite stories. I am no different. It was a quiet production, probably because of the book’s age. It isn’t as relevant as Divergent or The Hunger Games, but little do these 15-year-old fans know that those books wouldn’t exist without The Giver.

I was nervous as the release date approached, anxiety spreading through my veins any time a trailer ran at a commercial. It was all wrong. Why were there holograms and drones in my perfect world of The Giver? Nonetheless, I braved the theater with my boyfriend and best friend at my sides, ready to experience either the best or worst two hours of my life.

After leaving the theater, I was left feeling surprisingly satisfied with how it all turned out. Though I wasn’t satisfied with the way the director decided to interpret the book visually, the way the story was adapted and the actors were cast was on point. The expert execution out weighed how different the world looked than the way I imagined.

One of the most important qualities in this story is the subtle integration of color in young Jonas’ life, meaning his community lives in a black and white world, both figuratively and literally. How would the movie possibly portray that with grace? Once again, I was silenced in that theater. Black and white faded to a subtle black/sepia filter which bled into faded color which suddenly transformed into rich colors and textures. You are left thinking when did it stop being colorless? It was wonderful because the viewer could feel the transformation Jonas was going through; a true feat of cinematic brilliance.

Ultimately I was left with my tail between my legs, embarrassed to have doubted the film all the way to the end. I didn’t even want to admit I was wrong when we left the theater because of how adamant I had been that it would be almost sacrilegious to the memory of this novel. Here I am to tell you that I was wrong. The Giver was everything it should have been.

Written By Sydney Weinshel